Victory Viper XX03
When this card destroys an opponent’s monster by battle, select and activate 1 of the following effects:
● This card gains 400 ATK.
● Destroy 1 face-up Spell or Trap Card.
● Special Summon 1 “Option Token”. It always has the same Type, Attribute, Level, ATK and DEF as this card.
Can Be Found In: Dark Revelation Volume 4 (DR04-EN191), Enemy of Justice (EOJ-EN011)
Isn’t hard to find a monster referring to any videogame by Konami. Mystical Ninja, Metal Gear, Getsu Fuhma… those are just a few titles we can find in this game, but the most known and with the more cards is "Gradius", featuring various spaceships in the series, along their bosses, the B.E.S., focusing in strategies and gimmicks from the games themselves.
"Vic Viper" follows the same rule as the Gradius franchise. Destroying more monsters makes him stronger, and in various ways as we can do in the series. No matter the situation on the field, as long this spaceship strikes a monster, we will get a benefit each turn. He can even skip attacking in risky turns and still get his effects thanks to his own support "Power Capsule".
Making this Gradius monster strong shouldn’t be difficult. "Honest" is a very reliable card for make “Vic Viper” devastate any creature stronger than him. "United We Stand" is a must, since the Option Tokens will copy the boosted ATK, along granting even more power to him. In case we don’t have any boost yet, "Jade Knight" will protect him of any trap card, even summon more “Vic Viper”s on the field.
There’s much other cards which makes this creature a big threat. A "Heavy Mech Support Platform" and "Limiter Removal" combo will make “Vic Viper” a massive monster with a huge boost creating copies of itself, due “Heavy Mech” will make him survive “Limiter Removal“‘s negative effect. After getting various tokens, "Voltic Kong" can start milling the opponent’s deck while “Vic Viper” keeps destroying monsters. If we have problems for make him strong enough, cards like "Ojama Trio", or a double attack effect like "Miracle Locus", can helps our spaceship to fly and get his power ups faster.
"Vic Viper" and most Gradius monsters are an underrated archetype. They start weak, but as in the franchise, every time they destroy an enemy they get stronger and stronger, until face the final boss with no sweat.
Personal Rating: A-